NEW YORK CITY | Caracas Arepa Bar (Brooklyn) is a 75 seat eatery in Williamsburg that specialises in Arepas. Arepas are Venezuelan corn pockets, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, stuffed with a variety of fillings. It’s the brainchild of owners Maribel Araujo and Aristides Barrios, who came up with the idea of selling arepas in New York while eating at arepas joint in Caracas.
The key to the arepa is getting the pockets of dough cooked just right on the griddle. They’re lean and crumbly, but shouldn’t be dry. There are 12 fillings to choose from with our favourites being De Pabellón – pulled braised beef with soft black beans, sweet plantains, and crumbly-salty white cheese, not unlike feta, and the vegetarian Leek Jardinera – guayanés cheese topped with leeks, sun-dried tomatoes, and caramelized onions. They’re served in plastic baskets with nata (sour cream) and fried plantain and are delicious.
There are a few sides on the menu too. We recommend the Guasacaca & Chips – taro chips with a Venezualan guacamole called guasacaca, and Tostones Mochimeros – fried green plantains topped with a chili green herb sauce and grated salty cheese.
Also make sure you check out Roneria, the venue’s rum bar which features over 30 sipping rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America that can be enjoyed straight or as part of a selection of classic and not-so-classic cocktails
There’s also the original Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village, and a summer stall Rockaway Beach. Do be aware that the East Village outlet is quite small, and doesn’t take bookings, unlike the Williamsburg one which does.
Caracas Arepa Bar (Brooklyn)
291 Grand Street
New York 11211
Telephone: 718 218 6050
Sun – Thu: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am